projectParque do Pontal
locationPorto Alegre / RS / Brazil
architectureTakeda Design (landscaping)
Last November here in Brazil we had the pleasure of taking part in a historical event for Porto Alegre, the inauguration of Parque do Pontal, the city’s newest park. Comprising nearly 30,000 square meters that span 700 meters of the Guaíba riverfront, the park borders the Pontal Shopping complex. It is nearly complete and will soon host many services and amenities.
The park offers vistas and grand staircases from which to contemplate the sunset, plus a 130-meter pier, a synthetic surface walking track, grassy area, bike path, benches, trees, interactive panels describing the history of the Estaleiro Só shipyard, as well as an interfaith monument and a small beach.
A second pier hosts the new catamaran terminal uniting the cities of Porto Alegre and Guaíba across the river.
Our contribution to Parque do Pontal was a strategy that allows visitors to freely explore the full extent of the space while safe in the knowledge that the main attractions will be clearly identifiable.
The challenge was to harmonize the wayfinding design with the landscaping and urban infrastructure, as well as with an open-air museum created by Takeda Design, such that everything would share a unified language. We added maps of the park at strategic points so that visitors could comprehend its layout, the locations of major areas and activities, as well as restrooms and bike racks.